So now that we've schooled you on the questions you'll most likely be asked during your next job interview, let's talk about the questions you should be asking your interviewer. Yes, that's right, successful interviews are a two-way street. You know that awkward pause that usually comes towards the end of a resume, when you've just started to relax, "So, hopeful jobseeker, do you have any questions from me?" Here are five sample questions to get you together and avoid that clueless deer-in-the-headlights look.
RoxxyWrites! Bonus Tip: Every question you ask should be about them, not you. Keep in mind that what you can do for them and their team is all they care about. This is your opportunity to seal the deal so make it count!
What are the top five qualities you're looking for in the ideal candidate for this position?
What this question does for you: This encourages the hiring manager to envision you in the job while they're describing the position. This little superpower is called transference. Think of it as role-playing. They list a few qualities, making it easy for you to swoop in and say "you don't say? I am very well-versed in (one of the skills they mentioned). In my last role I (amazing relevant thing that proves you're the guy/gal for the gig)". See what I did there?
Caution: Make sure you use a skill that you can easily back up with a clear example. Be careful not to write a check your tush can't cash, it will come back to haunt you later.
How do you see this position supporting you and your initiatives?
What this question does for you: You are showing the interviewer that you aim to contribute and ultimately make his or her life easier. This little technique will earn you endless cool points and may put you at the top of the list. What supervisor doesn't want someone who shows interest in how they can add value to what they've got going on? It seems simple, but what they hear is "You are so important and busy. Tell me what you need and I will lighten your load." This will rock the interviewer's world.
How do you see this role fitting into the company's long-term goals?
What this question does for you: This is a good way to find out more about where the company is going and whether it's something you're down with. It's also a good time to ask about the person who previously held this position. You need to know if they were fired, promoted, or ran away screaming after raking their computer and station to the ground. Tread lightly, but ask about the challenges of the title as well as what the vision is for the job over the first six months, one, and five years.
What is this position's salary range?
What this question does for you: Ugh, I know, I know, it can be uncomfortable to talk about money and you don't want to price yourself out of a position that you really want. But you know what's even more uncomfortable? Going to three or more interviews only to find out it pays a salary that you wouldn't even get out of bed for. Time is money and if they don't have any to pay you why even waste each other's time going through the motions?
Caution: Now before you blow off an opportunity that could be the job of your dreams consider the whole monetary picture. What kind of benefits are they offering? Contributions and access to health insurance, child care, commuter vouchers, vacation, 401(k), and tuition reimbursement can add significant value to a less-than-attractive salary. In the words of Grandma, "Don't cut off your nose to spite your face."
Is there anything I can do or provide as a follow-up to this interview?
What this question does for you: This question, my friends, is a win-win. You want to know how you can speed up the hiring process in your favor but what hiring manager hears is, "How can I help you." Not only that, this question may lead to more information about who's running the show and how long this dance may last. Once you have this information you will also see who you should focus on when sending any additional correspondence. You are letting your prospective employer know that you want the position and that you know how to take initiative. Boom!
And that, dream chasers, is how you ace the reverse-question portion of the interview like a Boss!